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Take Her to See the Maco Lights Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 10 2012

Set in North Carolina in the 1950s, Bekah Brunstetter's short, sweet two-person play about a pair of star-crossed lovers (he's a rich white boy, she's working-class and African-American) unfolds with a beguiling simplicity and grace—and ends with a satisfying punch. Even more impressive is how fresh and real Brunstetter's characters feel. Although retelling a story that was old when Shakespeare used it in Romeo and Juliet, Brunstetter avoids cliche and never descends into melodrama or preaching. LaNisa Frederick and John Wehrman give strong, understated performances as the ill-fated couple, and Margo Gray's Prologue Theatre staging recreates a rural southern summer right down to the insect noises in the woods. —Jack Helbig

Price: $10-$20

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